Injuries happen all the time in the NFL. They're commonplace. Beyond the impact on the field, they don't create much concern. But once in a while an injury happens that generates a genuine concern from not only players, but fans and media. That is the case with Eric Wood. After a broken leg in 2009, and a torn ACL in 2011, no one wanted to see him go down with another injury this year.
"It is unbelievable," Wood said. "You do all you can to prepare. You keep your feet moving on every play."
But sometimes something happens beyond a players control. And that's what happened in the fourth quarter, when a Jaguars lineman fell into Wood's left knee.
"Not a dirty play," Wood added. "He dives right through the side of my knee when I have knee braces on, so fortunately (because) it could have worse."
Shortly after the game, Wood was worried that it was more serious. He says he was relieved to get news that his season might not be over. With a partially torn MCL, he's hoping to be back in two weeks. But the frustration of his third significant injury remains.
"We were sarcastically joking this morning that once we made it through the month of November we thought we were out of the woods. But, it's unfortunate."
"I'd say he prepares as hard as anybody else we have on this team throughout the week," said linemate Andy Levitre. "He puts in a lot of extra hours rehabbing and making sure he's as healthy as he can be from past injuries and things like that. I just hate to see a guy like that get hurt."
Wood won't be the only offensive lineman who will miss time for the Bills. Right tackle Chris Hairston is expected to miss at least this week's game. Meanwhile, Stevie Johnson and Leodis McKelvin are expected to be okay, and expected to be practicing and in the lineup.
Monday saw a refreshed mood at 1 Bills Drive after the dynamic win over Jacksonville. The team's running backs were still reeling, after C.J. Spiller put up 77 yards and a touchdown to compliment Fred Jackson's 109 yards.
"Our offense, everything starts with the run game," said Spiller. "It opens up everything. You can ask anyone around this game: what's the thing that establishes your offense? It's the running game."
"We feel like we can spark this offense and get us going," added Jackson. "Hopefully we can do that, especially in the month of December. It's going to be nasty out like that. We can take a lot of pressure off of everyone in the offense is we can go out and perform well."
And with some cold weather games on the horizon, the run game may take on an even more significant role.